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Buttermilk Challah Bread Recipe

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Challah bread is a braided bread typically served on the Sabbath and major Jewish holidays. This page contains a buttermilk challah bread recipe.


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This is a bread machine recipe, and it is so easy. I can make 3 large loaves of bread each week with this or 2 loaves of bread and a dozen rolls for dinner on Sunday when I make it. My family loves the bread, and I no longer have to buy bread or rolls for anything.


  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 4 jumbo eggs
  • 3 jumbo egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (or you can use 1 cup unbleached A.P. and 1 cup rye, whole wheat, or other flour)
  • 4 cups unbleached bread flour
  • 4 Tbsp. yeast


Measure out buttermilk into a 4 to 6 cup glass measuring cup. Add the salt, eggs, egg yolks, and honey. Mix well with fork or small whisk, and pour into bread machine pan. Add butter and flour to bread machine pan.


Take the 2 cups all purpose flour and add to the bread machine pan, and with a spatula mix in to the buttermilk mixture. Then do same with the bread flour. This keeps the flour from spraying the inside of the bread machine.

Place pan in bread machine on dough and allow to mix until first cycle. Stop machine and add yeast. Re-start the machine from the start of the dough cycle and allow to do it's thing.

When finished remove from pan and form as desired. Bake for 30 minutes in 300 degree F oven that has a pan of water on the bottom of the oven.

Servings: This makes 3 large loaves or 2 loaves and 2 dozen rolls
Prep Time: 2 1/2 hours depending on your machine
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

By Jackie Schlageter from Oscuro, NM

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful
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This sounds so good. I can't wait to try it.


I love Challah bread. It is the best for both bread pudding and French toast too. Thanks for sharing.

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June 10, 20110 found this helpful

Do you have to let the bread rise again after forming before baking?

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